On a cold and dull day 25 Brighton youngsters finished the winter season in fine style at the Sussex Road Relays at Christ Hospital. There were many excellent performances.
With three in a team the under 13 girls were 2nd, 3rd and 4th behind Hastings, showing our strength and depth. On the first leg Lois Dooley ran 6 mins 50 seconds, 47 seconds faster than last year. This was two seconds slower than Niamh Halloren who was 3rd fastest overall. Flo Robinson in 7 mins 4 seconds competed the team which gained the silver medal. Not far behind, the B team of Pia Lewes 7 mins 1 second, Roxy Jones 7 mins 2 seconds and Amber Wright 7 mins 18 seconds – in her first race for the club – were 3rd team home. Just outside of the medals our C team of Jessica Courtney 7 mins 3 seconds who had her best run of the season, Lacey Fowler 7 mins 28 seconds and Astrid Blackledge 7 mins 12 seconds showed how close the times were.
The under 13 boys team also gained the team silver medal. On the first leg Adam Firsht 6 mins 21 seconds came in in third place and Jamie Arnold 6 mins 37 seconds gained one place to move the team into second, which was held by Finn Halloren 6 mins 9 seconds – a time which was second equal fastest, just six seconds behind the leading runner. The B team of Patrick Connolly 6 mins 38 seconds, Lucas Losh 6 mins 46 seconds and Ben Neale 7 mins 13 seconds finished in 10th ahead of our C team. Josh Pay 6 mins 42 seconds, Sam Duncan 6 mins 51 seconds – who are both only 10 years old and Jonah Roeg 7 mins 16 seconds in 12th place. A special mention to Joe Noble who came up as a reserve and ran 7 mins 28 seconds on his own in the D team.
Our under 15 boys team with Tommy Blanden 6 mins 3rd on the first leg, Joshua Firsht 6 mins 8 seconds on the second leg gained one place into the second and with the third fastest leg of the day being Tom Eames 5 mins 42 seconds, they stormed home to an easy team victory.
The B team of Sam Wilkinson 6 mins 11 seconds – his best race of the season followed by Tom Wright 6 mins 27 seconds and Cameron Fleming 6 mins 44 seconds came home in 7th place.